All Parish Bulletin

Fall Gathering Next Friday

Fall is finally upon us and we could not be more excited! Join us next Friday, October 30th 5:30pm-7:30pm for a come-and-go Fall Gathering. Each parish will hold a gathering at separate locations. Stay the whole time, or pop in to show off your costume! We will have fun treats for kiddos from our Family Ministry team, a fun Family photo opt for kids and adults, music, and more. Bring your own dinner, camp chair or picnic blanket. While we want this to be a fun and enjoyable event, we also want to stay safe and be considerate of others. We have planned for all activities to be outdoors and highly encourage social distancing. Masks are required except when eating and drinking. Bathrooms are available indoors. Looking forward to seeing those costumes! To register for a parish gathering, click on one of the links below:

Oak Meadow Fall Gathering // Hunters Creek Club House // Click here to register

MacTerrace Fall Gathering // Northeast Baptist Church // Click here to register

Midtown Fall Gathering // Impact Guild // Click here to register


Devotional

In this series of sermons on David, Mike preached about David, the worshipper.  At the end of the service, Scott invited us to “worship as David did.”  No one took him up on his offer, including yours truly.

For a few seconds, I drifted off wondering what it would be like if we had let ourselves go in worship and danced like David. Sliding hands out of pockets, unclasping the arms secured across our chests, swaying side to side, tapping our toes, the first awkward movements to the beat, straight into full-on gettin‘ down in the worship of the King of Kings.  Maybe someday.

I love it when we sing the song “Surrounded.”  You know, “This is how I fight my battles, this is how I fight my battles. It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by you!” This song is definitely on my list of “Top 10 Songs to Make You Want to Dance in Church.”

“My weapons are praise and thanksgiving. This is how I fight my battles.”

When we worship, we take our eyes, affections, and worries off of the situation and put them squarely on the only One who can transform everything. As we sing, dance, paint, write and otherwise focus on the God over all things, the Mighty One, Jehovah Nissi, we can become transported to another place in the Spirit of God. In our worship, we remind ourselves of His character and our position in Him as much-loved children. Verse by verse, we demolish the power of the problem in our eyes. God restores rest and peace to us. 

Take a look at II Chronicles 20 to see how King Jehosophat and his army won a battle with their praise alone. No other weapon needed.  

In this strange season can we allow ourselves to go there? Praise is a sacrifice. It may feel uncomfortable. Let’s try fighting our battles with our worship. At least in the privacy of our own homes. 

~Jacqueline Hullaby


In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, October 25th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.

Prayer Request

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. We have a prayer team who will join you in prayer.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Christ’s Constitution



Devotional

Did you grow up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance? Every day from elementary school to high school we would stand altogether, place our hand over our heart, and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. It has become second nature to me and now my son, Noah, is doing the same at his school. Have you ever paused and thought about the words and what they mean though?

When I read the Sermon on the Mount I can’t help but think God is writing his Constitution here. And as I read it and start to live as a citizen of His Kingdom, I feel like I am reciting a pledge to live for Him alone. I was poor in spirit and Christ saved me and now King Jesus is giving His King speech to His Kingdom Citizens. And King Jesus begins His speech with our identity as His people: “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world…let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-16

This week I want to encourage you to embrace Christ’s constitution. I want to encourage you to live out being a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. Above all else our identity is first found in Christ and not in any nation, power, or authority here on earth. Let us live this week as if King Jesus is actually King in our life.

~Nick Smith

Missional Resident


Fall Gathering

Fall is finally upon us and we could not be more excited! Join us Friday, October 30th 5:30pm-7:30pm for a come-and-go Fall Gathering. Each parish will hold a gathering at separate locations. Stay the whole time, or pop in to show off your costume! We will have fun, individually packaged treats for kiddos from our Family Ministry team, a fun Family photo opt for kids and adults, music, and more. Bring your own dinner, camp chair or picnic blanket. While we want this to be a fun and enjoyable event, we also want to stay safe and be considerate of others. We have planned for all activities to be outdoors and highly encourage social distancing. Masks are required except when eating and drinking. Bathrooms are available indoors. To register for a parish gathering, click on one of the links below:

Oak Meadow // Hunters Creek Club House // Click here to register

MacTerrace Fall Gathering // Northeast Baptist Church // Click here to register

Midtown Fall Gathering // Impact Guild // Click here to register

In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, October 18th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.

Prayer Request

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. We have a prayer team who will join you in prayer.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org or you can click here to submit a request. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Love Like Christ Loved



Devotional

My Father-in-law doesn’t know Christ. He’s the most kind-hearted, selfless, loving, self-proclaimed atheist I know. I love him deeply. Liz and I so deeply want him to know Christ and the joy and freedom and salvation that our Savior Jesus brings. As him and I grow closer and our talks get deeper and our love for one another deepens, my heart begins to fill with grief and sorrow for his soul. I read these words from Paul and I began to weep:

“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren…”~ ~Romans 9:1-3a

I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren.” Reread that.


If only I could view my Father-in-law with this type of love. Let me be cursed and separated from Christ that my Father-in-law may have the joy and love that I experience from God. Let me give up my first love so that he may experience the wonder of the God we worship. If only we could see our neighbors, coworkers, friends and enemies this way! This is how Jesus viewed the crowds as he preaches his Sermon on the Mount!

“The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him and… when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain… He opened his mouth and began to teach them saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

~Matthew 4:24 – 5:3

This week I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to change how you view people. Let us be a people who display the type of love Christ showed us.

~Nick Smith

Missional Resident


In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, October 11th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.


Prayer Request

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. We have a prayer team who will join you in prayer.

6 Week Studies

If you’re looking to connect through a study, you can still jump in on any of the studies currently meeting over ZOOM on Monday nights. A new group was just added called Peacemakers. The Peacemakers study is a place where anyone – believer or not – can come with their questions and enjoy a conversation with likeminded people free of debate or persuasion. It’s a group founded on the beliefs that we have permission to ask questions and seek answers, that doubt doesn’t mean we are faithless, and that the tension between knowing and uncertainty is just another place where we can find truth. Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with topic suggestions or to simply come and join in on the conversation. To sign up for this study, or to view any of the other studies, you can click here.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Political Engagement



Devotional

My Father-in-law doesn’t know Christ. He’s the most kind-hearted, selfless, loving, self-proclaimed atheist I know. I love him deeply. Liz and I so deeply want him to know Christ and the joy and freedom and salvation that our Savior Jesus brings. As him and I grow closer and our talks get deeper and our love for one another deepens, my heart begins to fill with grief and sorrow for his soul. I read these words from Paul and I began to weep:

“I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience testifies with me in the Holy Spirit, that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren…”~ ~Romans 9:1-3a

I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren.” Reread that.


If only I could view my Father-in-law with this type of love. Let me be cursed and separated from Christ that my Father-in-law may have the joy and love that I experience from God. Let me give up my first love so that he may experience the wonder of the God we worship. If only we could see our neighbors, coworkers, friends and enemies this way! This is how Jesus viewed the crowds as he preaches his Sermon on the Mount!

“The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him and… when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain… He opened his mouth and began to teach them saying, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

~Matthew 4:24 – 5:3

This week I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to change how you view people. Let us be a people who display the type of love Christ showed us.

~Nick Smith

Missional Resident


In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, October 11th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.


Prayer Request

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. We have a prayer team who will join you in prayer.

6 Week Studies

If you’re looking to connect through a study, you can still jump in on any of the studies currently meeting over ZOOM on Monday nights. A new group was just added called Peacemakers. The Peacemakers study is a place where anyone – believer or not – can come with their questions and enjoy a conversation with likeminded people free of debate or persuasion. It’s a group founded on the beliefs that we have permission to ask questions and seek answers, that doubt doesn’t mean we are faithless, and that the tension between knowing and uncertainty is just another place where we can find truth. Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with topic suggestions or to simply come and join in on the conversation. To sign up for this study, or to view any of the other studies, you can click here.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Political Engagement



Devotional

I don’t love roller coasters.  The anxiety that builds inside me as I wait for my turn is rarely worth the thrill of the ride. Afterwards, my neck is usually stiff from whiplash, my head is spinning, and I am ready to hit the food court to soothe my nerves with some unhealthy snacks.

Probably not surprising, but I don’t love emotional roller coasters either. Maybe it’s because I am an Enneagram 9 or it’s just my personality in general, but any kind of drama and conflict absolutely exhausts me. I am the queen of avoidance and when I am dragged into conflict it takes me days to recover. So, it may seem out of character that I absolutely love following politics. I am fascinated by the way government works, our history as a nation, and our ability as citizens to have a voice in shaping policy that helps our communities thrive. I believe that it is important, as Christians, to participate in the political process.  Jeremiah 29:7 says, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  Of course political engagement isn’t the only way to seek the welfare of San Antonio. We can, and should, actively love our neighbors through volunteering and serving alongside nonprofits and on our own. However, to not utilize the structure and systems in place that have been created to benefit the city is a wasted opportunity.

As you can imagine, the continual conflict and ugliness that surrounds politics in America today is exhausting to me. The question I have recently been asking myself more and more is “How can I engage in politics without getting on the roller coaster?”.

This question has led me to search for whiplash-free ways that I can participate in politics and, consequently, I have found several helpful resources that have helped me reimagine my overall approach to politics. The best way to stay off the roller coaster is by remembering and believing that God doesn’t change based on who is in office or if my side “loses” the election. My hope is in Him, not the person that wins the election on November 3. The media and political parties know that fear sells, so in order to keep us coming back, they raise the stakes. The good news? Fear can’t win if we refuse to get on the ride.

I know this is easier said than done, so here are some general guidelines to help keep your feet planted firmly on the ground:

1.     Pray for wisdom and discernment when consuming media or engaging in dialogue with others.

2.     Limit time or fast completely from cable news and social media. Unfollow or mute people who post inflammatory or polarizing memes or articles, regardless if you agree with them or not.

3.     When consuming political media, ask yourself these questions*:

a.     Who/what is this asking me to love?

b.     Who/what is this asking me to hate or fear?

c.      How does this form me in ways that have consequences for how I treat my neighbor, sometimes through my political participation?

4.     Be able and willing to critique your own “side” when necessary. 

 *Questions have been adapted from The Liturgy of Politics by Kaitlyn Scheiss.

~Terri Pease


In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, October 4th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.


6 Week Studies

If you’re looking to connect through a study, you can still jump in on any of the studies currently meeting over ZOOM on Monday nights. A new group was just added called Peacemakers. The Peacemakers study is a place where anyone – believer or not – can come with their questions and enjoy a conversation with likeminded people free of debate or persuasion. It’s a group founded on the beliefs that we have permission to ask questions and seek answers, that doubt doesn’t mean we are faithless, and that the tension between knowing and uncertainty is just another place where we can find truth. Participants are welcome and encouraged to come with topic suggestions or to simply come and join in on the conversation. To sign up for this study, or to view any of the other studies, you can click here.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Sermon on the Mount



Devotional

Have you had an “Aha!” moment that opened your eyes to the creativity and masterpiece that the Bible actually is? I had that moment two months ago that brought the Sermon on the Mount to life. It all started in Ephesians 2:19-20:


“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone…”


I grabbed my Bible and took hold of the apostle’s writings. It was most of the New Testament. And in my other hand I grabbed the prophets, which was the Old Testament. In the center of these two sections were the four Gospels. The four detailed accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. My eyes were opened and my heart began to pound. Our faith is built upon the New Testament, the Old Testament, and in the middle was Jesus’ life, my cornerstone.

So I’ve decided to dive into Jesus’ sermon series in Matthew 5-7. Join me over the next few weeks as we dig into this sermon that is the cornerstone of Jesus… who is the cornerstone (Inception type of stuff here). This week I want to encourage you to read or reread this Sermon. I want to encourage y’all to be a people who embody this Sermon. Let us be like the wise man who built his house upon the rock and not be like the fool who built his house upon the sand.

~Nick Smith

Pastoral Resident


In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, September 27th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.


6 Week Studies

Our 6 week studies kicked off last Monday. A new group was just added. If you’re looking for community through a study, there are four incredible options for you to jump in on. To view the studies and sign up you can click here.

Sunday’s Family Ministry Lesson

For this week’s kids sermon on Sunday make sure to grab some paper, scissors, crayons or markers, and tape or glue.  We will be making paper chains to represent covenants from God that we can always trust. Also don’t forget to check out Family Ministries “Say Cheese” videos! Click here to view them.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Political Engagement



Devotional

I don’t love roller coasters.  The anxiety that builds inside me as I wait for my turn is rarely worth the thrill of the ride. Afterwards, my neck is usually stiff from whiplash, my head is spinning, and I am ready to hit the food court to soothe my nerves with some unhealthy snacks.

Probably not surprising, but I don’t love emotional roller coasters either. Maybe it’s because I am an Enneagram 9 or it’s just my personality in general, but any kind of drama and conflict absolutely exhausts me. I am the queen of avoidance and when I am dragged into conflict it takes me days to recover. So, it may seem out of character that I absolutely love following politics. I am fascinated by the way government works, our history as a nation, and our ability as citizens to have a voice in shaping policy that helps our communities thrive. I believe that it is important, as Christians, to participate in the political process.  Jeremiah 29:7 says, “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”  Of course political engagement isn’t the only way to seek the welfare of San Antonio. We can, and should, actively love our neighbors through volunteering and serving alongside nonprofits and on our own. However, to not utilize the structure and systems in place that have been created to benefit the city is a wasted opportunity.

As you can imagine, the continual conflict and ugliness that surrounds politics in America today is exhausting to me. The question I have recently been asking myself more and more is “How can I engage in politics without getting on the roller coaster?”.

This question has led me to search for whiplash-free ways that I can participate in politics and, consequently, I have found several helpful resources that have helped me reimagine my overall approach to politics. The best way to stay off the roller coaster is by remembering and believing that God doesn’t change based on who is in office or if my side “loses” the election. My hope is in Him, not the person that wins the election on November 3. The media and political parties know that fear sells, so in order to keep us coming back, they raise the stakes. The good news? Fear can’t win if we refuse to get on the ride.

I know this is easier said than done, so here are some general guidelines to help keep your feet planted firmly on the ground:

1.     Pray for wisdom and discernment when consuming media or engaging in dialogue with others.

2.     Limit time or fast completely from cable news and social media. Unfollow or mute people who post inflammatory or polarizing memes or articles, regardless if you agree with them or not.

3.     When consuming political media, ask yourself these questions*:

a.     Who/what is this asking me to love?

b.     Who/what is this asking me to hate or fear?

c.      How does this form me in ways that have consequences for how I treat my neighbor, sometimes through my political participation?

4.     Be able and willing to critique your own “side” when necessary. 

 *Questions have been adapted from The Liturgy of Politics by Kaitlyn Scheiss.

~Terri Pease


In-Person Service Information

There is still space available for this Sunday’s in-person service at Aggie Park at 10am. If you’d like to join us in-person this Sunday, September 27th, you can register by clicking here. We have indoor and outdoor seating options available with safety protocols put in place to help keep us all safe. Please review our safety protocols prior to attending by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook, YouTube and our website. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.


6 Week Studies

If you’re looking for community through a weekly study, there are four incredible options for you to jump in on. These groups are going for 4 more weeks and meet on Monday nights 8pm-9:30pm. To view the studies and sign up you can click here.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Prayer Requests

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or you can submit a prayer request by clicking here. You can also send a prayer request through The Park app.

Stay in Contact

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here. If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

In-Person Service Starts This Sunday



Returning to Service THIS Sunday

We look forward to gathering with some of you for in-person service this Sunday at Aggie Park. Please review our safety procedures prior to attending by clicking here. If you would like to register to attend this Sunday, we still have indoor and outdoor seating available. You can register for this Sunday’s service by clicking here. Doors will open at 9:40am in order to allow for enough time to usher everyone to their seats in time for the service. We will still be live-streaming our service on Sunday at 10am on Facebook and YouTube. We hope you will join us in what ever way you feel most comfortable and safe.


Devotional

As we prepare to meet in person this week, I am filled with a mix of emotions. My entire life has been based around church involvement, which has included attending Sunday morning services. Obviously that has looked very different over the past six months and I am anxiously awaiting seeing the faces of my church family. Even though it will look much different than what we are all used to, my soul longs to worship with others. Psalm 63 speaks perfectly to the excitement and longing I am experiencing:

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

In many ways, my soul and body have longed for corporate worship where we can glorify God and behold His glory in one another. We hope you will join us either in person or online for a time of worship, celebration and encouragement. 

~Mike Defrees

Midtown Parish Pastor


6 Week Studies

There is still time to register for the 6 week studies starting Monday, September 13th. These studies will meet via ZOOM 8-9:30pm. To register for a study you can click here.

COMPASSION & CONVICTION
Leader: Terri Pease and Lindsey Wright
In a polarized country, it often seems like we are constantly forced to choose between two candidates or policies that fall short of our Christian values and witness. The world gives us a false dichotomy of choices that leaves little room for nuance or compromise. In frustration, many Christians opt out of the political process altogether, but what if there is a third way? During this six-week study, we will use the book Compassion and Conviction by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler as a guide to show us why and how we, as Christians, should engage in politics. We will discuss topics such as: Church & State; Messaging & Rhetoric; Politics & Race; and Civility & Political Culture. We will also work through exercises to help us learn how to facilitate constructive and meaningful conversations about politics.

THE MINOR PROPHETS- DISCERNMENT IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Leader: Chris Nikkel and Steve Mathis
The minor prophets are often overlooked due to the seemingly obscure times in which they lived and the harshness of their messages. In this study, we will be diving deep into their contexts, unpacking what they said and to whom and to what end. What we hope to discover and apply is how the voice of the prophet is a bold, discerning presence in the midst of a world teetering on destruction and a faith community flirting with assimilation. Join us for prayer, study, and discussion.

WHAT THE WOMEN SAW- WOMEN’S STUDY
Leader: Nancy Gaines and All Parish Co-Hosts
Do women matter to the kingdom of God? Jesus was surrounded by both men and women during his ministry on earth. He saw, valued, and cared for women, and he still does today. In this study you will discover who Jesus is through the unique perspective of women in the Bible such as Mary, Martha, Mary Magdalene and others. You will learn from their faith and failures, and be reminded that Jesus cared for and valued the women he was surrounded by. He equipped them, listened to them, walked with them, healed them, and empowered them. And he does the same for you now. This women’s, all parish study will focus on discovering Jesus through the eyes of women. We will watch a 10 minute video from Jennie Allen, Jada Edwards, Sadie Robertson Huff, and Bianca Olthoff, and discuss how each of us has a significant role in the kingdom of God and that women play a huge part in the kingdom of God, and we have all been given a job to do: spread the gospel.


Church Lobby Sunday Mornings

We are still gathering on ZOOM Sunday mornings for The Church Lobby. We are changing our gathering time to 9:10am until 9:40am. We will be doing a walk through of what an in-person Sunday service will look like at Aggie Park from entrance to exit. Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to see you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call Sunday.

Sunday’s Family Ministry Lesson

Parents, your kids can participate with us on Sunday mornings at 10am during our special Family Ministry segment each week. This week, kids will be coloring a David dancing finger puppet. Print it out, draw your own, or pick up one at Aggie Park Sunday. Click here to download the kid’s page. Also, the Say Cheese week 3 video has been uploaded, click here to view.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Returning to Service Details



Returning to Service

Hello church family! As we prepare to reopen our in-person weekly worship service on Sundays at Aggie Park, we wanted to let you know that this has been a prayerful journey. We have consistently watched the local data, listened to our leadership community, and considered several aspects of what it will take to gather together in a wise and safe way. In light of this, there are a couple of key pieces of information to keep in mind:

  • This will be an All Parish Worship service, so we invite those who attend MacArthur Terrace, Midtown and Oak Meadow to join us.
  • If you are not ready to meet in person, we understand and respect that decision. The service will be live-streaming the worship service each Sunday morning at 10am.
  • We are requiring registration for in-person attendance. Click here to register.
  • There will be no Family Ministries for children to attend separately, instead we will all worship in the room together.
  • We have several social distancing measures that we will be asking all in-person attendees to abide by.
  • Gathering together for All Parish worship on Sundays does not change our heart or posture toward our parish neighborhood ministries. You’ll be hearing more ideas about how to engage your parish community soon.
  • We love you and are excited to worship together starting on September 13 at Aggie Park. Should you have any questions please contact us at questions@theparksa.org
  • For safety measures we are taking, you can visit theparksa.org.

Devotional

Longing for the good ole days?
The wisest of Kings says you shouldn’t. King Solomon instructs his son, “Don’t long for “the good old days.” This is not wise.” (Ecclesiastes 7:10) When were the good old days for you? Was it the time so long ago when face mask were not required at your local coffee shop?  Was it your childhood when youthful bliss which allowed some of you, not everyone, to think this is the best it’s ever going to get? Was it the 80’s when Bananarama broke the charts with Cruel Summer? Or for me at one of the most pivotal intersections in history between the IROC Z28 defining cool and Nirvana burning it all down?  Regardless, I think we can all agree with Billy Joel…

“We didn’t start the fire;

It was always burning; Since the world’s been turning; We didn’t start the fire. No we didn’t light it, But we tried to fight it.”

When we long for the good old days we ignore the new thing God is trying to do. “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (Is 43:19) Whether you think 2020 is a wasteland or not you have to lean into Solomon’s wisdom, do not long for the good old days! If we spend our time lamenting on what could have been or how things were, we lose the apostolic edge that should carry us into 2021 and beyond. We can learn from the past but too long for it is to make the past an idol. Can you perceive what God is doing now?
Can you look past your affinity for what was and consider what could be? The church desperately needs its spiritual Mothers and Fathers, Grand Mothers and Grand Fathers to look into the future with hope and proclaim our eschatological promise, “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Rev 21:5) My prayer is that as we lay 2020 to rest, we can do so with a renewed sense of hope and trust that the promise of scripture is in fact a promise of what will come and not a promise to get us back to some day we see-through rose-colored glasses.

Grace & Peace
Scott Austin


6 Week Studies

As we head into the fall, we are excited to launch new 6 week studies on ZOOM. Studies will be Mondays 8-9:30pm starting September 14th. To register for a study you can click here.

COMPASSION & CONVICTION
Leader: Terri Pease and Lindsey Wright
In a polarized country, it often seems like we are constantly forced to choose between two candidates or policies that fall short of our Christian values and witness. The world gives us a false dichotomy of choices that leaves little room for nuance or compromise. In frustration, many Christians opt out of the political process altogether, but what if there is a third way? During this six-week study, we will use the book Compassion and Conviction by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler as a guide to show us why and how we, as Christians, should engage in politics. We will discuss topics such as: Church & State; Messaging & Rhetoric; Politics & Race; and Civility & Political Culture. We will also work through exercises to help us learn how to facilitate constructive and meaningful conversations about politics.

THE MINOR PROPHETS- DISCERNMENT IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Leader: Chris Nikkel and Steve Mathis
The minor prophets are often overlooked due to the seemingly obscure times in which they lived and the harshness of their messages. In this study, we will be diving deep into their contexts, unpacking what they said and to whom and to what end. What we hope to discover and apply is how the voice of the prophet is a bold, discerning presence in the midst of a world teetering on destruction and a faith community flirting with assimilation. Join us for prayer, study, and discussion.

WHAT THE WOMEN SAW- WOMEN’S STUDY
Leader: Nancy Gaines and All Parish Co-Hosts
Do women matter to the kingdom of God? Jesus was surrounded by both men and women during his ministry on earth. He saw, valued, and cared for women, and he still does today. In this study you will discover who Jesus is through the unique perspective of women in the Bible such as Mary, Martha, Mary Magdalene and others. You will learn from their faith and failures, and be reminded that Jesus cared for and valued the women he was surrounded by. He equipped them, listened to them, walked with them, healed them, and empowered them. And he does the same for you now. This women’s, all parish study will focus on discovering Jesus through the eyes of women. We will watch a 10 minute video from Jennie Allen, Jada Edwards, Sadie Robertson Huff, and Bianca Olthoff, and discuss how each of us has a significant role in the kingdom of God and that women play a huge part in the kingdom of God, and we have all been given a job to do: spread the gospel.


Sunday’s Family Ministry Lesson

Check out Family Ministries “Say Cheese” curriculum. Click here to see this week’s lesson.

Church Lobby Sunday Mornings

We are loving chatting with you all on Sunday morning! If you haven’t checked out The Park Church Lobby yet, you can still join in on Sunday mornings starting at 9:15am until 9:55am. Pop in just to say hello or stay the whole time! We’d love to “see” you all there! Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to see you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call Sunday.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

Praying Courageously



Have you ever had a book come into your life and for whatever reason it was just bad timing? You got 20-30 pages in and thought, “A waste of my time.”  But it really wasn’t the book’s fault, you just weren’t in a place to hear its message.

I had this experience years ago with The Circlemaker, by Mark Batterson.  

In this book Batterson recounts the first century BC Jewish legend of Honi the circle maker. After a yearlong drought and at the request of his community, Honi draws a circle in the sand and prays a bold prayer. Respectfully, yet with authority, he tells God he will not leave that spot inside the circle until He makes it rain. You guessed it.  God honors his request; it began to sprinkle. Yet, Honi remains in the circle and only walks away once God makes big, fat juicy drops fall from the sky.  

Batterson’s premise is that we, too, should “draw circles” around miraculous ways we would like for God to show up in our lives and pray epic prayers.

Fast forward a few years in my life. Once again I take The Circlemaker off of the shelf. In the midst of a major life shift and a global pandemic, I feel driven to pray courageously. Instead of being put off by what I thought was “name it and claim it” thinking in Batterson’s work, I am now humbled by his insistence on being intentional and investing time in cultivating a deep, intimate relationship with God as we pray. 

In this destabilizing season, where might God be asking you to anchor yourself in him and to engage him authentically? Pray your heart to him. What would delight his heart to do for you? Draw your circle and begin to pray. Get to know God in a way you haven’t known him before. Pray boldly. Pray consistently. Pray this promise as yours…

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 

~Psalm 27:13

~Jacqueline Hullaby


As we head into the fall, we are excited to launch new 6 week studies on ZOOM. Studies will be Mondays 8-9:30pm starting September 14th. To register for a study you can click here.

COMPASSION & CONVICTION
Leader: Terri Pease and Lindsey Wright
In a polarized country, it often seems like we are constantly forced to choose between two candidates or policies that fall short of our Christian values and witness. The world gives us a false dichotomy of choices that leaves little room for nuance or compromise. In frustration, many Christians opt out of the political process altogether, but what if there is a third way? During this six-week study, we will use the book Compassion and Conviction by Justin Giboney, Michael Wear, and Chris Butler as a guide to show us why and how we, as Christians, should engage in politics. We will discuss topics such as: Church & State; Messaging & Rhetoric; Politics & Race; and Civility & Political Culture. We will also work through exercises to help us learn how to facilitate constructive and meaningful conversations about politics.

THE MINOR PROPHETS- DISCERNMENT IN DIFFICULT TIMES
Leader: Chris Nikkel and Steve Mathis
The minor prophets are often overlooked due to the seemingly obscure times in which they lived and the harshness of their messages. In this study, we will be diving deep into their contexts, unpacking what they said and to whom and to what end. What we hope to discover and apply is how the voice of the prophet is a bold, discerning presence in the midst of a world teetering on destruction and a faith community flirting with assimilation. Join us for prayer, study, and discussion.

WHAT THE WOMEN SAW- WOMEN’S STUDY
Leader: Nancy Gaines and All Parish Co-Hosts
Do women matter to the kingdom of God? Jesus was surrounded by both men and women during his ministry on earth. He saw, valued, and cared for women, and he still does today. This women’s, all parish study will focus on discovering Jesus through the eyes of women. We will watch a 10 minute video from some of our favorite IF:Gathering speakers, and discuss how each of us has a significant role in the kingdom of God.


Sunday’s Family Ministry Lesson

Check out Family Ministries “Say Cheese” curriculum. Click here to see week one’s lesson.

Church Lobby Sunday Mornings

We are loving chatting with you all on Sunday morning! If you haven’t checked out The Park Church Lobby yet, you can still join in on Sunday mornings starting at 9:15am until 9:55am. Pop in just to say hello or stay the whole time! We’d love to “see” you all there! Afterwards, join us online for our church streaming service at 10am. Can’t wait to see you this Sunday! Click here to join the ZOOM call Sunday.

Wednesday Night Worship & Prayer

Join us Wednesday nights at 8:30 PM on Facebook Live or YouTube Live for a time of worship and prayer. We look forward to interacting in real time as we re-center our hearts on what God is doing.

Church Chats

Join us every Thursday morning on Facebook Live at 10am for Church Chat. We will have some pastors from our church community gather to discuss topics and questions sent to us from you, our church family. To submit questions, email questions@theparksa.org.

Covid-19 Needs and Assistance

The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.

If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.

Stay in Contact

If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at prayer@theparksa.org.

If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at info@theparksa.org

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